Get top dol­lar for your house

Cecil Whig - - & & -

HIRE A PRO­FES­SIONAL. A Real­tor who is suc­cess­fully mov­ing prop­er­ties in your neigh­bor­hood and comes with ref­er­ences will likely get you a bet­ter price for your home than you could get on your own. Most non­pro­fes­sion­als (home­own­ers) end up los­ing more in the trans­ac­tion than the com­mis­sion they would have paid a pro­fes­sional.

NO RAD­I­CAL CHANGES. Should you re­model the kitchen? Re­place fix­tures in the bath­rooms? Prob­a­bly not, un­less they aren’t work­ing. Of­ten such up­dates done to achieve a higher sales price don’t pay off. Al­most any­one buy­ing your home will want to make their own changes, so you are not likely to re­coup your time and money in­vest­ment. Un­less your Real­tor rec­om­mends ma­jor changes like a new roof or ex­te­rior paint job, hold off and put your en­ergy into other ar­eas.

AP­PEAR­ANCE. Curb ap­peal is the im­pres­sion your home makes when a po­ten­tial buyer sees it for the first time.

— Re­pair cracks in the drive­way and on the walk­ways lead­ing up to your home.

— Keep the land­scape neat and tidy.

— Make sure the home looks freshly painted.

— Keep the garage door closed.

— Make sure garbage cans, tools and out­side clut­ter are com­pletely out of sight.

IN­SIDE CLUT­TER. You want the in­side of your home to ap­pear as large as pos­si­ble. That means the clut­ter in all of the rooms has to go. And don’t stuff it into the clos­ets and cup­boards. They need to be clut­ter-free and neatly or­ga­nized, too. Mo­ti­vated buy­ers look be­hind every door. Your goal is to cre­ate a sim­pli­fied and calm at­mos­phere.

CLEAN. The cost to get your house ready to sell will come in terms of time and el­bow grease.

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